ST. AGATHA, Maine — Wisdom High School senior Carter Pelletier accomplished a lifelong goal when he racked up his 1,000th career basketball point on Wednesday.
Carter Pelletier reached the milestone when he drained a shot from several feet beyond the 3-point arc during a game against the Washburn Beavers on his home court in St. Agatha.
“When I took the shot I kind of knew it was going in as soon as it left my fingertips,” Pelletier said.
Wisdom went on to win the game 60-39.
Carter Pelletier began playing organized basketball with the Madawaska rec program when he was 4 years old. He has been a member of the Wisdom varsity team since his eighth grade season.
“It’s always been a goal of mine to reach the 1,000 point mark but I didn’t pay much attention to it until a couple of weeks ago when the athletic director, Scott Pelletier, reached out and said I was within 100 points,” Carter Pelletier said. “It felt good to reach it because of the 10-game setback we had with COVID last year.”
Carter Pelletier has been on a roll during his senior year when it comes to sports. The Maine Soccer Coaches organization named Pelletier the Class D Player of the Year for the 2021 season.
The son of Ryan D. Pelletier and Liza Pelletier, he also plays on the Wisdom baseball team and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Ryan D. Pelletier said his son’s dedication to sports and academics have paid off and the 1,000 point goal came with the support of many others along the way.
“I’m so thankful for the community [the greater St John Valley] as Carter has participated in basketball programs including Fort Kent recreation, AYBL, St Agatha recreation and Madawaska travel teams over the years. He has been blessed to have support from his coaches, fellow teammates, the community and his family,” Ryan D. Pelletier said.
Wisdom varsity boys coach Dom Rossignol said Carter Pelletier — who leads the team in steals and is second in rebounds, assists and blocks — is deserving of the achievement.
“It’s the culmination of many hours in the gym, working on his shooting and ball-handling,” Rossignol said. “Coming into the game, I had five players available, two of them having joined the team mid-season, and another not a regular starter, so it was basically going to be The Carter Show, and as a testament to him and his teammates, everyone was on board, more than happy to let him carry us to victory.”
After graduation Carter Pelletier plans to attend college where he will study business administration.